What are the best bookstores in Helsinki?

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Violetta Teetor

You can’t miss Akateeminen Kirjakauppa as you walk along the Esplanade in the centre of Helsinki. For a huge range of and I venture to say, almost every genre under the sun, this bookstore has it all and if they don’t have it, they’ll order it for you.

But for something a little less commercial and with a genuine dollop of friendliness, is Arkadia International Bookshop on Nervanderinkatu in Töölö, a mere tram ride away. Ian Bourgeot, the owner, couldn’t be more accommodating and you’ll find an array of oldies and newies in his selection at reasonable prices. The cultural programme is jam-packed full of poetry readings, music, films, discussions and exhibitions, most of which is in English.

Edgy is how I would describe Pitkä Mies. Owner Jelle Hugaerts is passionate about the comic subculture, but not your normal run-of-the-mill Donald Duck genre. Oh no, this is cutting edge stuff – art comics, graphic novels, mini comics hand-selected to fit into the alternative style he is looking for. They also have a range of indie music vinyls, a coffee shop and comfy sofas where you can eye out the comic-related exhibitions on the walls.

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